The Next Big Thing: Radiohead

Radiohead hails from Oxford, England, where they first began playing together in 1987. The quintet eventually signed with Capitol for the release of their first album, 1993's Pablo Honey. Their single "Creep" (off Pablo Honey) shot to the top of the singles charts in both Britain and the United States. After the song faded from the charts, however, many accurately passed the band off as a just another one-hit wonder. In 1995, with the release of The Bends, Radiohead went the way of Hootie And The Blowfish, and their alleged comeback album, OK Computer, released in 1997, was lambasted by critics who called it "the most calculatedly disposable recording in rock and roll history." Facing the threat of being dropped from its label, the band pleaded with executives and were eventually given permission to record Kid A, one last final shot at success. It's a tragedy, really, for Radiohead's music, upon closer listen, is truly a stunning art-rock tour de force. I hope you all go out and buy Kid A, released yesterday, because at this point in their career, Radiohead needs all the support they can get.

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